Risk factors for abusive relationships: A study of Vietnamese American immigrant women

Merry Morash, Hoan Bui, Zhang Yan Zhang, Kristy Holtfreter

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This study identifies risk factors for Vietnamese American women's abuse. Intensive interviews with 129 Vietnamese women immigrants in a northeastern metropolitan area provided data to examine risk factors for sexual, physical, and verbal abuse. Patriarchal gender arrangements in the family, arguments about fulfilling gender and family roles, and partner's threat that divorce would compromise the participant's immigration status put women at risk for each type of abuse. Picture brides were at heightened risk for sexual abuse. For women with limited resources, education and interventions within the ethnic immigrant community are critical to addressing wife abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-675
Number of pages23
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007



  • Immigrant
  • Vietnamese American
  • Wife abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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